Pablo's Legs, In Bootsby Maya Koplowitz
Standard Goods Featured Artist: Celestine Oceanby Maya Koplowitz
Stop by the shop Thursday evening and hear music from her band Pablo's Legs too!
Oh wow, I remember I was about 4 or 5, the first thing I ever colored in was this small cat drawing in a coloring book I had. That was also the same time I learned how to write my name (which is not an easy name to spell for a 5 year old.) I started being attracted to art at a really young age. I loved it. I mainly started with coloring books and then in elementary school I became super interested in making my own artwork. I was also a big fan of writing fictional stories and reading. I read a lot. Once I learned how to read I never stopped.
My childhood was a lot of moving around, at risk of being homeless. It was hard for me to attend school regularly and I wasn't very good at math so I always felt inferior in school settings where highly academic classes were rewarded more than artistic ones. Making artwork freed my mind of what was going on at home and made me feel confident in a school setting which really helped me work hard to finish school and continue my education after high school.
Describe your drawing style in a few words?
Whimsical, quirky, abstract.
Do you have anything you are looking forward to in 2018? What were yo
passionate about this past year?
I currently attend Cornish College of the arts but I am doing a study abroad program through Cornish to attend an art school in Florence, Italy. I'm leaving January 2018 and it is honestly a dream come true. I have always wanted to study and live in Italy. I could not be more happy about it! This past year I was really passionate about keeping up with my filmmaking and I will continue that next year and beyond.
Where did you grow up?
First part of my childhood I grew up on Maui, then I moved to Orcas Island and lived there until I graduated high school and then I moved to Seattle!
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People on the street (da ba de da day). My life experiences, past, current and future. My partner Gianni. All my friends and family. Struggling. It's all beautiful and it's all part of the inspiration.
Do you have a mantra you live by?
"I'm just an egg floating in the ocean."
If your life was a movie what would the title be and who would you like to play you?
Oh man. Why is that a hard question! I feel like it would be a documentary and I would film my real life. OR it would be an animated cartoon. As for the title, maybe "The Celestine Prophecy"...
Can you tell us a little about what you will be sharing during your Solo Show at Standard Goods Art walk?
I will be sharing a mix of drawings, paintings, and film work I have done over the past year. Also I will be selling handmade earrings and possibly posters and postcards.
Anything else you'd like to share? :)
I'm excited! Come to the show on December 14th! My band Pablo's Legs is playing. It will be a fun and probably weird time you won't want to miss.
Soultanz, Something Old and Newby Maya Koplowitz
As a producer, Jared is deeply involved in the composition of the music, spending long hours arranging samples, recording live instruments and writing lyrics. He describes as his primary influences as Madlib, Jay Dee, and Latin-American music.
We let the music speak to us. I've (Shayhan) always said, " Ride the beat and don't force the beat to ride you.”
Oregon for back to back shows on 11/3 and 11/4. Starting at Victory Club and ending at The Saturday Tavern.
Standard Goods Featured Artist: Alba Juliaoby Maya Koplowitz
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Standard Goods Featured Artist: Bradley Wilkinsonby Maya Koplowitz
Join Standard Goods for May Capitol Hill Artwalk 6 pm - 9 pm featuring Seattle based street artist, Bradley Oliver Wilkinson, also known as DARMDARM for his solo art show + live band performance by Critté.
Stop by the shop and see a collection of graffiti inspired stickers exploring friends and characters of his own design. DARMDARM finds himself waking up with his boots on, pulling apart his fingers stuck together by spray paint, squinting at the sun as it melts through his window. We sat down with Bradley to learn more about his artwork and himself. Scroll down to check out our interview with Bradley.
Tell us a little bit about yourself? What kind of work do you do?
I am originally from Austin, tx where I started doing street art. I went to school there and received a Bachelor in Fine Arts. I also Illustrate, Animate, Make Music, and direct videos. My mural work has been seen on the Food Network and I have directed for MTV Portugal & Spain. I come from a family of Recyclers, making me now stranger of junkyards growing up. Im my spare time I like to garden, go to yoga, excercise, and roam seattle with my Russian Wolfhound, Copernicus.
My preferred medium when on the streets is acrylic hand painted stickers I wheatpaste. Darm Darm is my tag, and I have been doing graffiti for 8 years. It evolved from me saying "Dern" all the time back in 2009, and one stoned day in front of my drafting table it came to me. Darm Darm, a hybrid of "Darn" & "Nom Nom." It is weird when people call me darm darm and don't even know my name. I feel like a cartoon character.
Recently I dabbled in comics. The first one I created was for my band's (CRITTÉ) first EP, Staurt's Cove. You can get copies at our live shows. We have a full length coming out this summer. And, it has been keeping me all sorts of busy.
I love seattle a lot. I have been in love with the atmosphere that comes with the territory. From the scenic landscapes to all the kind hearted lovely weirdos. Even the not so kind hearted lovely weirdos. We need everyone to make this texture interesting and rich. I enjoy the queer art community here, it made the transfering from austin much easier and more comfortably inhabitable.
I love it so much here in this damn city that I decided to start an art club at Revolver with a friend. A local watering hole in Capitol Hill where we throw monthly drink n draws every second Tuesday. Friends and patrons come to draw ridiculous themes thought up by the troublemakers crew. We play drawing games, talk, and mentally crap out beer soaked comics. The next month we put them into a zine and give them away to everyone for free. I was inspired by the super talented people that put on Dune, another drink n draw located in the University District at Cafe Racer. I make it a point to indulge myself into the arts. I have been obsessed since my mom would draw pictures with me and my brother at the dinner table. Fun Fact, my first drawing ever was of a pink flamingo. (are people still reading)
What themes are influencing your work currently?
For this particular show, I am showcasing my street art. Which are based off my darmdarm characters and friends that I know. Themes that come to mind our heartbreak, dating, death, anxiety, humor, confidence, self revelation, growing up (or lack there of), and street culture. Stuff I think many of us have to deal with on the daily.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
That is hard to say, because I like so many mediums and types of art. Buy i guess the most fun would be the one that is potentially the dirtiest, painting. When it comes to that, I enjoy acrylic the best because It dries really fast. Plus, I am use to it. But I do draw a lot with ink, and i like using microns and prisma markers.
Favorite place you have ever traveled to? Where do you want to go next?
For nature vibes Maui. For city vibes Berlin. I got to do some street art in Berlin, and the shear amount of art cover the terrain is insane. Like, not just the Berlin wall, but so much of the city! Plus they have a mural, by one of my favorite artists who mixes animation and street art from Italy, named Blu. (Check him out if you don't remember him) I really want to go back to Maui, tho. It is like an alien forrest for me over there. I like the lingo over there, and all the burnt up vehicles i saw along with the graffiti. The local kids steal cars for joyrides and destroy the evidence when they are done. The burnt rusted out frames of all the cars make for interesting installations along the highways. It is mad expensive, but it a nice place to let go for awhile.
What do you love most about living in Seattle? How does the city inspire you?
I love when the sun comes out, and everyone goes nuts! Plus, you can't really wheat paste in the rain... I am a fan of the legal weed. I love all the friends I have made up here. Plus, there is a lot of rich history everywhere, from the music scene to the historic evolution of the city. I love having the outdoors so close. Me and my dog Copernicus enjoy long walks in the park. Sometimes we go horseback riding and skiing. Afterwards, we take long bubble baths and drink PBR's in our haunted mansion.
On a serious note, lately I have been inspired by meditation and working on calming my mind. Yoga and exercise are a must living here. Without it, my life is bummersville. I feel this is a common thing for someone trying to wing off the bar scene, morphing into their 30's. My 20's were a blurrrrr.....
What artist do you most identify with?
Their are plenty of artist I admire, but not to many I identify with all the way. Here some friends that come close that I love in Austin: Matthew Briar Bonifacior, el.bae.es, & Diego Mireles Duran.
If a movie was made about your life what would it be called? And what actor would you want to play you?
My Name is Darm Darm & I Came Here to Farty 4: Letting Loose the Goose
Staring: Cheech Marin
Five things you can't possibly live without?
What do you want people to experience when they see your work?
Maybe, to try and understand my experience whether they relate with it at all. Or, maybe they just think it looks cool and they want to put it in their homes or a museum? Maybe poop their pants?
Anything else you'd like to share with us!?
The women in my family mean a lot to me, and I don't know where i would be without them in my life. Also, music is a gigantic part of my life as well. My great grandmother had so much influence in me wanting to play music. Though I didn't get to meet her, she was in an all female washboard band outside of Austin in the hill country of Texas. In my head, this made her a bad ass! She hand made her washboard guitar which was bequeathed to me along with her pump organ after my Grandma Loraine passed away. (she was an artist too) I was the only one out of the family that still actively played music, during the time of the funeral, so she wanted me to have them. This thought inspired me to work on an Influential Women of Music series. For me to draw every woman who has inspired me and others around the world to get into music. Whether it is just to enjoy or engage by starting their own projects.
August 1st, I will be displaying this series at the Vera Project. Follow me on Instagram so you can learn more about it leading up to the event. ciao. xxxo
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Standard Goods Featured Artist: Eden Garciaby Maya Koplowitz
Join Standard Goods Thursday September 8th for Capitol Hill Art Walk. In an exhibit entitled WANDERLUST, featuring two Seattle based photographers. We sat down with Seattle Artist and Photographer Eden Garcia to learn more about him and his photography.
Eden E Garcia Lopez is a photographer showing a collection of desired details composed into portraits. He captures the memory of aged colors and their textures with intention, as a time in place in which life exists in rhythm of the spirit. The subjects and settings hint to show how life and roles function according to the aging character. Using 35mm film as the tool, each frame is captured with the hopeful fulfilment of its memory. Eden's series of photos are brief moments from wandering the streets of Oaxaca.
Hello, tell me a little about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been living in Seattle? What do you love about living here?
What's one of your favorite experiences as a photographer?
Being a photographer has been a reminder of quick note taking to details that make my day. It has always felt nice way to look back on those favorite moments, and the subject of how they interact in their surroundings. Some are people that I have gotten a chance to interact with, and some are weathered textures.. I always find myself lucky for those moments of spontaneous wanderlust.
Describe three ways to describe what you will be sharing with our guests during the "Wanderlust" art show coming up this Thursday at Standard Goods:
I would say it is, minimalistic photographs, of singular subjects, with a play of colors of moments in Oaxaca.
What kind of feelings does photography give you as an artist?
It feels like a magic power to visually steal something instantly.
Who are figures in the art world that influences or inspires you and why?
Currently a lot of what inspires me is media based, particularly instagram photographers that I would have never come across. Most of which focus on singular subjects, minimal shapes, and use of themed color palettes for each photo. For example you can look up icecreamppl, p.slim, matchboycollective, synder.erica, all of which have similarities to what Bill Cunningham's candid street photography feels like. Although some may have been directed or composed in a particular way, they still seem to hold a genuine relaxed way about their style of shooting photo's.
What are you excited about in this art show, "Wanderlust"?
I was really attracted to be showing a series with this theme. If there is one idea of what I find myself getting into on my free time, and a bit of film. It would most likely be me testing the limits to see how far I could wander before getting lost. I am always curious to see if I go just a little bit further from where I started happens to be the lucky place, where something special is.
If you could choose anyone from anywhere and anytime to come to this show, who and why?
If I could bring Vivian Maier, that would be a dream. The work that she produced in her lifetime, and was only recently discovered. Portrayed an ideal skill that many photographers aim to become. The proximity of how close she could get to the subject. Her interest to street portraits in black and white, and also color seem so genuine in the way that it's almost as if she had known these people in the street. She composed them they way they were when she first saw them. She held that magic touch of charming a passing stranger for a quick still of their memory. A true wanderer with a camera.
What is a place you have been wanting to shoot at and why?
At this current time I can only imagine this place as a state of being. It would just be the way the light hits, or the way a glance happens. This could be anywhere, I would not need to go too far to find it, but rather I could be ready, and conscious of it about to happen.
If you could share or give advice to an aspiring photographer, what would you tell them?
For me taking photo's has always been moments that could make a good memory, in a way that could be personal to you or the person intended in receiving the image. There has always been a genuine love for what a camera is, it's function as a tool and falling in love with the process that creates each image. Whether it's the satisfactory sound of the shutter clicking at just the right moment, or the moment when you look back and remember that very second of when you took it. I would tell anyone who wants to become a better photographer to always feel responsible in creating these moments. There aren't ever enough ways show a something special that needs no words to describe. Take the photo you want.
Thank you for your time, If you would like us to add or share anything else, like social media/website/portfolio in behalf of your photography:
Of course, happy to be sharing a bit with you. Feel free to check a little bit more of on my range in photograph on my website edengarcia.com, and instagram www.instagram.com/edn_s